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A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.Read more »
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No Sex Please
3 days ago
Why are the Japanese having less sex? Chie Kobayashi and Ruth Evans investigate.
Kunio Kitamura, the head of Japan's family planning association is worried he may soon be out of a job. The birth rate, condom use, the pill, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases are all declining. He says, "The only explanation is that Japanese people are having less sex."
A recent report reveals that a record number of couples are living in sexless marriages. A third of men interviewed said they were too tired for sex, and a quarter of women said they found sex troublesome. Another survey of single Japanese aged 18-34 found that the proportion of virgins had increased significantly over the past decade - almost 45% said they had never had sex.
Chie Kobayashi and Ruth Evans look at the complex reasons behind these trends, and the alarming implications for Japan's dramatically falling birth rate - the country's population of 127 million is expected to drop dramatically to around 86 million by 2060.
A Ruth Evans production for BBC Radio 4.Read more »
Episodes of This Show
6 days ago
Rated 4 out of
Some Great, others ok
I have really enjoyed some of these podcasts, the most recent one about wrestling and how wrestlers deftly respond to the mood of the crowd during and before matches was intriguing. Wrestlers noted that pitty for a wrestler was the big hitter for getting crowds on side, not elation or anything else, very interesting indeed.
Not all episodes are great but I would recommend checking each episode as there are some real gems here
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of
Radio 4 doing one of the things it does best.
Always worth listening to the thorough and in depth research by journalists in a time slot that allows them to fully explain their topic. Even if you have no interest in the topic it is a good listen and you will probably learn something.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5 out of
Fantastic multi topic program
It offers an eclectic variety of topics and documentary styles. It is remarkable the serious investigation behind each program.
Date published: 2013-10-14